After many on-set photos that promises a dark gritty take on the future Clown Prince of Crime, the teaser trailer to Joker has finally been revealed and it shows its promise.

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Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a man who’s always been told to “put a smile on his face” as he will serve a purpose. Soon becoming unhinged, Fleck slowly transforms into one of the most iconic figures in DC history as well as the most iconic of Batman‘s Rogues Gallery.

Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, and Brett Cullen co-star in the film with Cullen playing Thomas Wayne, the father of the future Batman himself. Todd Phillips directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

Joker comes to theaters on October 4 from Warner Bros. Pictures and Worlds of DC.